(CORRECTION: 04-20-2016 — This release was corrected to reflect the County Auditor’s official title).
- Jessica Tucker will report to the County Board
- Current Deputy Auditor of the Board, Fairfax County
- Will conduct performance and operational audits
The Arlington County Board has appointed its first County Auditor, Jessica A. Tucker. This newly-created position reports directly to the County Board and is responsible for developing short- and long-range work plans for the systematic review of County programs.
“We are delighted to welcome Jessica to the Arlington team,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “Her work will support both the County Manager’s and the County Board’s commitment to strengthening County operations and ensuring that public funds are utilized in a responsible, efficient and transparent manner.”
Ms. Tucker will also conduct, at the direction of the Audit Committee, independent program and operational audits and reviews of County departments, operations and/or County-funded programs, focusing on program efficiency, effectiveness and transparency. The County Board Auditor will augment the existing Internal Audit function within the Department of Management and Finance (DMF).
For the annual work plan, Ms. Tucker will receive input from the (to be established) Audit Committee consisting of:
- Two County Board members
- County Manager or Deputy County Manager, and DMF Director
- Up to three members of the public, including, but not limited to, members of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission (FAAC).
Ms. Tucker will start her new position in Arlington on Jan. 25, 2016. She was selected following a robust search and interview process. The County Board approved her contract by a vote of 4-1, with Walter Tejada voting no.
Ms. Tucker has 15 years of government audit experience. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Since 2010, Jessica has served as Deputy Auditor of the Board for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including a one-year term as Acting Auditor of the Board. She has conducted more than 40 reviews of all major departments, programs and authorities in Fairfax County; identified significant cost savings and additional financial resources; and developed recommendations that have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of Fairfax County’s operations.
Previously, she served as a senior-level information technology auditor for the Inspector General of the Library of Congress. She also served as a senior performance auditor and senior financial auditor for the Arizona Auditor General, and as an auditor/evaluator with the California State Auditor. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. Ms. Tucker is a member of the Greater Washington Area Society of CPAs, the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).